The Nipissing University Student Union (NUSU) today brought the festive spirit to the North Bay Campus. Nipissing and Canadore students, faculty and staff were invited to attend an event in the Shared Cafeteria to give them a much-needed break from exams and assignments.
Stations were set up that included a craft station, colouring station, food bank donations, writing Christmas cards and photos with Santa.
Dennis Chippa, local author and Executive Director of the Gathering Place, dressed as Santa to take photos with attendees. Proceeds from the photos will be going to the Gathering Place and the Warming Centre.
Participants also stopped by to write Christmas cards, which will be delivered to patients on Christmas Day at the North Bay Regional Health Centre.
“We find that events tailored more to the philanthropic side are a huge hit with students as they are able to give back to a community that has given them so much”, NUSU Director of Communications Sarah McGowan stated. “Events like this not only help these groups practically, but allow students to get plugged into the campus and North Bay communities.”
The Student Union also run a student food bank that alleviates financial stress for Nipissing students.
“The NUSU Food Bank is a service we are proud to maintain and provide to students on campus”, commented NUSU VP Finance Markus Hawco. “Students are able to get the assistance they need when they are on a fixed budget at our office.”